Jacket illustration by Jim Tierney
Jacket designed by Jessica Handelman
I just love this cover and the peek into Chinese culture. We have the tall mountains in the background with a pagoda, and then the up close buildings with lanterns and curved roofs. The colors reflect sunset and the children running in the middle let you know this book is going to be an adventure. The spotlight is on the title, The Emperor's Riddle, which intrigued me right away. What is this riddle? Is it a contest of some sort? The cover foreshadows a mystery and I would pick this book up just to find out what that mystery involved. What about you?